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Brita Roy

Assistant Professor Adjunct (General Medicine); Director of Population Health, Yale Medicine

Contact Information

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

Mailing Address

  • General Internal Medicine

    367 Cedar St., ESH-A

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States

Research Summary

I investigate how positive social, environmental, and psychological factors may reduce incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease and gun violence and their risk factors at the individual and community levels. I aim to test ways to leverage these individual and community assets to mitigate disparities in these health outcomes.

Extensive Research Description

At the individual level, I investigate how positive psychosocial factors such as optimism, emotion regulation, and resilience mitigate the impact of chronic stress on cardiovascular disease risk. At the community level, I work with community organizations to build social connections and capacity to reduce disease burden. Along these lines, I have developed a framework for understanding collective well-being, a community-level measure of the ability of a place to support and promote health from birth.


Research Interests

Preventive Medicine; Social Justice

Public Health Interests

Cardiovascular Diseases; Community Health; Modeling; Community Engagement; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice

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Selected Publications